NEW Armor Your Self Study & Discussion Guides

Armor Your Self 5 book study package for small groups or book clubs.For those of you who loved the Armor Your Self book, but wanted to share that information with your peers, the Law Enforcement Survival Institute has just released several different Study & Discussion Guide Packages designed to assist individuals, small study groups and law enforcement book clubs.

The two study packages, built around the book Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement, include either 5 or 10 copies of the Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement resilience building textbooks. These collections are a Do-It-Yourself package for book clubs, small groups or academy classes that can’t afford more expensive training, but want to explore the Armor Your Self textbook more deeply. These two packages include… 5 or 10 Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement resilience building textbooks, plus a 24-page PDF Study & Discussion Guide. (All packages include free shipping on the books).
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We have also added our Armor Your Self Toolkit a 64-page Downloadable PDF Companion Workbook.

You will conduct a “Threat Assessment” of your life and career and then to benchmark your organizations programs using different models for wellness. You can begin to build your own strategic wellness plan and use the short-term wellness planning checklist to steer your life and career toward positive and successful career survival. The Toolkit also includes self-paced training modules so you can create a system of “Fire Spotters and Smoke Jumpers” to recognize trouble and then establish a “Family Support System” to create positive relationships. It also includes information on the ten Steps toward creating “Tactical Wellness”.

Finally, the Toolkit can also be bundled with one Armor Your Self book and the AYS Study & Discussion Guide.

None of these are a full training curriculum, but rather a guided tour of each chapter of the book with discussion questions, activities and action planning suggestions. If you are looking for a more thorough Do-It-Yourself training program, please consider one of our Small Agency Curriculum Packages. (All packages include free shipping on the books).
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In a book review published in Canada’s national law enforcement magazine BlueLine – retired, RCMP Insp. Gibson Glavin said:
“John Marx’s Armor Your Self is a worthy addition to a growing body of well researched and thoughtfully presented books… on career resiliency in law enforcement” and “Armor Your Self somewhat unique is that Marx, a 23-year veteran of policing in the Unites States, has gone beyond the theoretical or experiential approach of many books on the subject. Instead he has created a “how to” practical training and educational system for both the individual and police force to follow.“ and “John Marx’s Armor Your Self “How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” is not just another emotional survival book for police. It contains achievable and intuitively appropriate steps and training outcomes for the cultural, physical, emotional and spiritual health of police officers. It is a resource that all Canadian police should take note of. I would not be surprised if Canada’s auditor general has done so.”

In a review published in the South African Community-based Safety and Security Magazine – Servamus said:
“This book is not meant to be a quick fix, but rather aims to empower readers if they are willing to do the work needed to benefit from its contents. In other words, this book is a “programme” to assist law enforcers to make themselves stronger and better able to endure the rigours of the job … and in helping each other. This book is indeed different to others thanks to the practical examples written by a fellow cop who has experienced a lot of hidden dangers and who sees a need for the profession to improve.”

Australian Federal Police Association BlueStar magazine review stated:
“Police suicide, job burnout, divorce, PTSD and alcoholism are just a few of the negative outcomes of our career that we are warned about before joining up. Yet despite these warnings, such problems still plague members of our profession…In his book, Marx gives our profession a comprehensive plan, or what he calls a “system of systems” to get to the root causes of these problems and to build wellness and resilience for all of our people.”

“Wow! Armor Your Self is a landmark, pioneering work, that belongs on every cop’s bookshelf. Get this book! Study this book! Apply this book! It will save careers, it will save marriages, and it will save lives! Relatives of police should give this book to “your” cop. Mental health and medical practitioners, counselors, psychologists and therapists should use this book as a part of your wellness and therapeutic plan for police officers. There is no other book like this available today. It is essential and irreplaceable. And a hearty “Well done!” to John Marx! These are hard times in law enforcement, and in our nation, and I believe John was put here “for just such a time as this.””
Dave Grossman, Lt. Col., USA (ret.)
Author of On Combat,
On Killing, and
Assassination Generation

“The book, Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement gives information and skills to the law enforcement professional to not only survive their career, but also to stop transferring unresolved emotional issues into inappropriate police conduct. An important contribution to the law enforcement field.”
Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Behavioral Sciences and Management Consultant
Author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement

“If a book is weighed on the basis of how useful it is, Armor Your Self weighs a ton! Step by practical step, it coaches you on how to build the life-saving skill of resilience, the most critical quality for surviving the physical, mental, and emotional perils of a law enforcement career. A perfect gift for new recruits, an invaluable Rx for veteran officers who already are under siege from the many threats and stresses of the Job.”
Charles Remsberg
Author, the Street Survival book series

“Armor Your Self: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is an essential read for all law enforcement officers. John Marx is an experienced veteran police officer who provides practical and comprehensive information necessary for career-long officer-wellness. It is equally significant to spouses of officers and others that have an interest in the challenges confronted by modern day law enforcement officers.”
Jack. A. Digliani, PhD, EdD
Police Psychologist
Author of Reflections of a Police Psychologist and
Contemporary Issues in Police Psychology:
Police Peer Support Team Training and
the Make it Safe Police Officer Initiative

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At The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) we train law enforcement officers to cope with stress and manage all the toxic effects and hidden dangers of a career in law enforcement.

Our “Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” on-site training program is an eight hour, hands-on, “How to” seminar based upon John Marx’ book of the same name. This seminar helps police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to build Tactical Resilience™ and survive their careers in police work. To learn more CLICK HERE. To learn about and buy the book CLICK HERE.

The Tactical Resilience™ and Ethical Policing Project (TREPP) is our international initiative to promote the health and resiliency of law enforcement professionals by conditioning our people physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as well as paying attention to strengthening their mindset, level of personal mastery, depth of their social support system sand their financial fitness. It also provides a set of tools and techniques that, replenish their spiritual health and, restores their inner peace and clarity.  TREPP is expandable to meet the needs of your community and your budget and can use training, assessments and consulting to assist you where you need it. We build human resilience, create processes to enhance agency support systems, promote a culture of wellness, and most importantly initiate community lead projects thru our Law enforcement officers as Community Action Leaders (LoCAL) initiative.
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The concept of “True Blue Valor™” is where one law enforcement officer has to muster the courage to confront a peer who is slipping both professionally and personally and endangering themselves, their peers and the public. It takes a system of organizational support and professional leadership to support and foster the concept of courage and intervention. We will train your trainers to deliver this program to your agency.
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I’m John Marx, Founder of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and the Editor of Connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn Twitter. and Instagram. was founded to provide information and strategies to help police officers successfully survive their careers and improve their heathy, wellness and effectiveness. We help law enforcement officers and their agencies prepare for the risks that threaten their existence. Thank you for reading!

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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